Awards information


President's Science and Technology Medal (PSTM)
The President’s Science and Technology Medal (PSTM) is awarded to outstanding individuals who have made distinguished, sustained and exceptional contributions and played a strategic role in the development of Singapore through the promotion and management of R&D.

  • Nominees will be assessed on:
    • the impact of their contribution, which should have resulted in significant scientific, technological or economic benefits in Singapore, including playing a key role in enhancing Singapore’s scientific and research environment, national competitiveness, national policies and structures or breakthroughs in scientific / technological discoveries and innovations;
    • their research leadership, on both institutional impact and individual levels; and other general considerations.


President's Science Award (PSA)
The President’s Science Award (PSA) is presented to research scientists and engineers in Singapore who have made outstanding contributions in basic research leading to the discovery of new knowledge or the pioneering development of scientific or engineering techniques and methods.

  • Nominees will be assessed on:
    • the significance of their achievements e.g.
      • furthering current understanding of science;
      • opening a new field of scientific enquiry; and
      • solving important scientific question;
    • the impact of their contributions e.g.
      • on development of scientific thought in the field; and
      • exceptional significance to the development of possible solutions to important industrial, environmental and/or social needs; and
    • other general considerations e.g. vision, scientific rigour and integrity in validation


President's Technology Award (PTA)
The President’s Technology Award (PTA) gives recognition to research scientists and engineers in Singapore who have made outstanding contributions to research & development resulting in significant new technology or innovative use of established technology.

  • Nominees will be assessed on:
    • the significance of their achievements e.g. pioneering developments with potential or established industrial or commercial applications;
    • the impact of their contributions and potential and actual value on industry or the economy in:
      • addressing unmet user needs;
      • creating new / growing existing industry sectors; or
      • creating a new business, or securing a new product charter, for an existing company in Singapore; and
    • other general considerations e.g. originality, vision, extent of validation, entrepreneurial spirit, management and organisational skills


Eligibility for PSTA
Nominees of the PSTM, PSA and PTA must be outstanding contributors whom have made an impact to Singapore’s research & development.

  1. Singaporeans, permanent residents and foreigners may apply, as long as a substantial amount of research has been carried out in Singapore
Note: most of the projects submitted have at least 50% of the work done in Singapore
  1. No age limit
  2. Selected candidate(s) should still be active in research in the year the award is presented






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